Florida power company scraps nuclear project, will pursue solar power instead

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A controversial nuclear project won’t be moving forward in Florida . Power company Duke Energy Florida filed a proposed settlement agreement with the Florida Public Service Commission (FPSC) that would end the Levy Nuclear Project – which customers were paying for before it was even begun – and prioritize grid modernization and solar energy . Part of the settlement includes a four-year plan to install 700 megawatts (MW) of solar in western Florida. Ratepayers have forked over around $800 million for the Levy Nuclear Project, which was first proposed in 2008. In 2013, Duke Energy Florida cancelled construction and engineering agreements, although they said they hoped to return to the project. The Levy plant would have offered 2.2 gigawatts of power. $150 million remained in costs, which the company said they would have recovered via rates, but under the settlement customers won’t have to pay more money for the nuclear project that never got far off the ground. Related: Abandoned nuclear power plant given new life as a solar farm Under the revised settlement, the company would invest in grid modernization efforts like smart meters and as much as 50 MW of battery storage . They’d install over 500 electric vehicle charging stations. They also plan to put in 700 MW of solar power, including the 74.9 MW Hamilton Solar Plant, which they hope to begin building in early 2018. The solar plant, the company’s sixth, could power over 20,000 homes. Residential customers could see their average monthly bill cut by $2.50, according to Tampa Bay Times, although they won’t be reimbursed for the $800 million. 1.8 million customers receive power from Duke Energy Florida, and the settlement means their bills might go up a little bit less than the company recently forecast, according to Tampa Bay Times. Duke filed for a 8.5 percent increase from the present rate last week, which under the new settlement would be a 4.6 percent increase. Duke Energy Florida said in a statement they anticipated a decision from the FPSC by December. Via Ars Technica , Tampa Bay Times , and Duke Energy Florida Images via NASA and Duke Energy Facebook

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Old converted church hides gorgeous modern interiors in London

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An old Victorian-style church in London was transformed into a gorgeous modern home that belies its historic exterior. Purchased by local interior designer Gianna Camilotti in 2013, this late 19th century church was gutted and converted into a contemporary home and office that still retains the building’s historic charms. Gianna Camilotti Interiors designed much of the furniture in-house within the Grade II-listed property. Located in Chingford, North East London, The James Spicer Memorial Church Hall School had served as a school and meeting place. In 2013, Camilotti snapped up the property and gave the tired building a luxurious makeover . The goal was to create a unique space that could accommodate intimate gatherings of friends with “an atmosphere of London piano-bars.” The award-winning church conversion project was recently put up for rent on Portico . Related: Historic Missouri church rises from the ashes with an eco-friendly twist The 237-square-meter building’s original vaulted doors and windows were preserved and the curved oak beams exposed. The interior features an open-plan design with a spacious living room, dining area, and kitchen on the first floor and a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom as well as a second bedroom on the upper floor. The vaulted ceiling reaches 9 meters in height in the middle of the home. Luxury amenities include underfloor heating installed throughout the interior, granite countertops, a self-playing digital piano, and an assortment of furnishings designed by Camilotti. The lavish interiors also open up to an outdoor garden area and patio with seating. + Gianna Camilotti Interiors Via Contemporist Images via Portico

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